Dirty dishes aren’t going to clean themselves. But you have a choice: You can either get annoyed and complain about the task in your mind (or out loud), or you can accept that cleaning up after dinner is just part of your routine.

So instead of getting annoyed about the task, why not make it an enjoyable, mindful moment?

Notice how dirty the pots are; see the water fill up the pot and mix with the soap. Look at all those bubbles form. Enjoy the warm water touching your hands — and take a breath.

Wow, this pot is getting nice and clean, and it feels good to have clean dishes. Now your task is fun and you smile; amazing what changing your thoughts can do for your life.

Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman writes from Keene. She has been helping people to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their daily lives, so that they feel happier and more peaceful. A former model and actress, she writes, teaches and speaks about mindfulness to adults and children. Visit her blog at www.dittekeyogablog.wordpress.com.